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ISBN: 0-87101-366-5. 2006. Item #3665. 146 pages.
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A unique and useful guide for adolescent girls to learn about self and how to make a positive difference in today’s society. Developing a Sense of Self focuses on communication, doing what’s right, and finding your center. It also encourages girls to learn about inspiration, strength, and courage to dream and to live a productive life. This book is designed to generate thought and self-discovery. The process of critical thinking can facilitate insight, direction, and perspective. Overall, Developing a Sense of Self emphasizes the whole being of a person—mind, body, heart and spirit.
PART I. Beginnings
Chapter 1. What Is a Sense of Self?
Chapter 2. 55 Tenets for Growth
PART II. Practical Tactics
Chapter 3. About You as a Person
Chapter 4. About Priorities and Values
Chapter 5. About Relationships
Chapter 6. About Plans for Your Future and Practical Skills
PART III. Endings
Chapter 7. Your Own Wisdom
Chapter 8. What Have You Learned?
PART IV. Guidance for Instructors
Chapter 9. Introduction
Chapter 10. Rationale
Chapter 11. Using a Multifacted Approach
Appendix. Additional Resources
About the Author
People tend to get wiser as we get older. We begin to collect wisdom for our own purposes as well as for others. It's part of a process in which knowledge, particularly tailored for the feminine spirit, is passed on to others.
Much of this wisdom is common sense – life lessons that are already there, deep inside you. Sometimes it's a matter of listening to that little voice or asking yourself hard questions. The problem with these life lessons is that they often become apparent only after a crisis or hardship. They often come to us in painful ways.
Some of us repeat scenes in life in which the opportunity to learn is there, but we somehow miss it. For others, the lessons are never learned. In all cases, however, it takes effort and courage to learn and apply the lessons to your life. You have to be willing to see, learn, and grow. You must realize that life is a long, learning experience, filled with potholes and forks in the road that everyone travels. The challenge is how you react to the potholes – how you develop as a person.
Think of the 55 Tenets in this book as a way to smooth out a few of the bumps that lie in the road ahead of you. You may find that some of the Tenets do not apply to you or that you have already learned them. Still, it may be wise to reconsider them, as they may provide additional perspectives. Other Tenets may apply to you with some modifications.
Read each Tenet with your Instructor (and group). Think about what each means in general and how it may or may not apply to you. Below each Tenet you'll find blank lines. There, paraphrase each in a way that makes sense to you – a way of individualizing your thoughts. Discuss your insights with your Instructor (and group).
When you complete the 55 Tenets, read the practical Tactics. Here you will find exercises to put the notions of the Tenets into action. Your Instructor will guide you through the activities, which may change how you look at yourself and view the world.
The book also includes additional Tenets, to be written by you. Space is provided to describe other life lessons you have discovered – ones that you may pass on to others. Again, the insights are already there – it's just a matter of listening to that little voice. You have far more wisdom than you know.
At the end, you will reflect on all that you've learned. You will write your thoughts and discuss them with others. At this point, Reader, you will have grown much and have taken the first healthy steps toward adulthood.
Dr. Kelly has published several books and publications, including Central Auditory Processing Disorder: Strategies for Use With Children and Adolescents (1995); A Winner’s Workbook: Reproducible Activities for Children with Attention Deficit Disorder (1998); TheraGuide: Understanding Central Auditory Processing Disorder (1998); The Art of Following Directions (1999); and Screening for Central Auditory Processing Difficulties (2001). In addition, she has published numerous articles and online courses and has lectured extensively on central auditory processing disorder.
Dr. Kelly holds permanent New York State certification as teacher of the speech and hearing handicapped, elementary/nursery education, and classes for the deaf. She is licensed in New York State as a speech-language pathologist and holds the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s Certificate of Clinical Competence. She received a doctor of arts in communicative disorders from Adelphi University, a master of arts in speech-language pathology and audiology from Hofstra University, and a bachelor of science in deaf education/elementary/nursery education from the State University of New York, College at Buffalo.
Tricia Bent-Goodley, Ph.D., MSW